Sexual behavior and sexually transmitted diseases among Swedish university students

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 1991;70(3):219-24. doi: 10.3109/00016349109006213.


Students at Uppsala University, Sweden, were interviewed about their sexual behavior, their knowledge of and attitudes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and related issues. The purpose of the study was to ascertain trends in behavior and attitudes as an indication of the likely risk of the spread of STDs, in particular AIDS, among students. Results revealed that change of partner was commonplace. A significant number of students had suffered from an STD. Students' claims that their own sexual practices, and those of others, had changed as a result of the AIDS epidemic, proved to be unsubstantiated in their behavior. Although contraceptive use was high, condom use with change of partner was infrequent. Alcohol played a significant role in impairing judgement. Despite a reasonably sound knowledge of STDs, the students exhibited a high degree of risk-taking behavior. The study has highlighted the dichotomy between knowledge and practice in student sexual behavior. Notable was the lack of perception among university students of their own risk of contracting STDs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Devices, Male
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Students* / psychology
  • Sweden
  • Universities